Computer Security

By , July 3, 2015 12:09 pm

In Today’s Society, Protecting Your Computer Is A Requirement

Advances in computer technology is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it affords us quick and easy access to numerous conveniences such as bank statements, favorite shopping centers, school and health records, and more. On the other hand, it can also grant the same access to those who aren’t supposed to get it. Although it’s a rare occurrence, hacking has become the biggest criminal nuisance in computer history.

Make no bones about it. There’s nothing innocent or cute about the hacker. Today’s hackers aren’t the pimply-faced teen rebels that you might be thinking of. Instead, this generation of hackers are grown individuals who are more than likely earning a living by stealing the identities of innocent, law abiding individuals and then selling those identities to others who want to slip by the system. And the only protection against these seedy people is prevention.

Computer security couldn’t be more important than it is today and that’s why we’ve taken the time to introduce it to you. You can reduce the probability of experiencing identity theft by making your computer as hacker-proof as possible. All that’s needed is a little software and a lot of common sense.

1. Install an anti-virus/anti-spyware program. Anti-virus/anti-spyware software will stop malicious code from downloading and installing onto your computer while you peruse the Internet. Known as viruses, worms, or spyware, this malicious code can destroy important files and render your computer good for only one thing: sending sensitive data back to the server of an identity thief.

2. Don’t store sensitive data on your computer in the first place. Should your computer get infected with a virus, worm, or piece of spyware, you can thwart the individuals responsible by not storing your personal information on your PC so that when and if your computer does send back data – it won’t be anything valuable. Hackers look for things like full names, social security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses, work-related information, and credit card numbers. If these things aren’t saved onto a computer, there’s nothing critical to worry about other than restoring your computer to a non-virus condition.

3. Don’t open files without scanning them with an anti-virus/anti-spyware program. In the past, the warning was to avoid opening files from people that you don’t know. Today it’s really not safe to open files from anyone (without scanning the files because that’s how viruses get spread – through files – even by mistake. So even though your co-worker may have emailed a funny video, it’s no more safe to open than a video downloaded from a complete stranger. Be safe and scan each and every file you download from the Internet or receive through email regardless of where it came from.

4. Create a barrier between your computer and prying eyes. Anti-virus/anti-spyware programs are only effective after the effect. But you can prevent identity theft from occurring by installing a firewall. A firewall is software that checks all data entering and exiting a computer and it then blocks that which doesn’t meet specified security criteria (user-defined rules.1

5. Don’t click on website links in spam messages. In an effort to obtain personal information, some spammers will send email that asks you to click on a link. The email messages are often disguised as important messages from well-known online establishments, and they often try to scare their readers into clicking links with threats of closing an account of some sort. Sometimes the links are harmless and attempt to con the reader into volunteering personal information (credit card number, but other times the links attempt to download harmful software onto a computer.

Your best protection against computer crimes is your own knowledge. Hopefully the suggestions above will prompt you into taking appropriate action and into protecting your computer with the suggested tools. In doing so, you’ll not only protect yourself, you’ll prevent the spread of these malicious activities and protect others at the same time.

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Paying for Affiliate Tracking Software: Is It Worth the Buy?

By , July 1, 2015 3:19 pm

If you are an online business owner who wishes to make more money, you are not alone. There are millions of others out there, just like you. To make more money, you will have to do a number of different things. Unfortunately, there are many business owners who think that there is nothing more that they can do. This is simply not true. If you are a small business owner who sells products or services online, you can help to increase your sales by starting your own affiliate program.

Affiliate programs are programs that are designed to not only generate more income for business owners, but everyday individuals as well. An affiliate program generates a partnership between website owners and business owners, just like you. This is done by creating a commission based program. That program requires website owners to place advertisements for your business on their online website. Each time that those ads help to generate a sale, the website owner will be paid a commission. By creating your own affiliate program, you are able to decide what that commission well be.

If starting your own affiliate program sounds like an amazing opportunity, it is likely that you have a few more questions. One of those questions likely involves the tracking of sales. There are many business owners who have no idea how they would go about determining which affiliate website owner helped to generate each sale. The good news is that you do not have to. There are a number of programs out there that will do this for you. Those programs are often referred to as affiliate tracking software.

Affiliate tracking software works by connecting your website, the website of your affiliate partner, your website’s checkout system, and the banners and links that you provided your affiliate with. With all of those computerized combinations, an affiliate tracking software program is able to determine exactly which website your customers came from. If it is one of your affiliate partners, the software program will record that sale and the amount of it for you. Depending on the software program that you purchase, it will then be your responsibility to pay your affiliate partner the amount of money that they are owed.

Now that you are aware of the importance of affiliate tracking software, you will now have to find a software program. Online, there are a large number of individuals and companies who have designed their own software, which is available for sale. The problem that you may find is that many of these programs cost a fairly large amount of money. In fact, some charge so much money that you may be wondering if they are worth the buy.

When it comes to determining whether or not an affiliate tracking software program is worth the buy, you will have to examine a number of different programs. These software programs are created by different people, in different ways. That means that no two affiliate tracking software programs are the same. Each software program is likely to have its own unique features and extra services. You will need to examine these features and compare them to other software programs. This comparison should help you determine whether or not a particular tracking software program is worth the buy.

Personally comparing a number of different affiliate tracking software programs is, perhaps, the best way to find the software that best fits your needs; however, it is not your only option. Affiliate programs are used by a large number of online business owners. Many of these business owners would be more than willing to provide you with inside information, positive software feedback, as well as negative feedback. You can easily connect with a number of these business owners through online message boards.

Whether you rely on recommendations from others or not, it is still advised that you perform your own software examinations. These examinations are vital the purchasing of a well developed and useful affiliate tracking software program, which in turn, may help your business grow.

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Your Browser – Cyber Security’s 1st Line of Defense

By , June 29, 2015 6:17 pm

Nowadays, many people seemed to have forgotten the importance (and the inherent dangers) of their computer’s browser. They forgot that the browser, per se, works like a two-way street. It is where cyber security should police the two-way cyber traffic.

A web browser’s main job is to find and display web pages. From there, it makes possible the “communication” between your computer and the web server where a site is located.

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But, your browser is also – and this is the dangerous part – the gateway of the cyber world into your computer. And, not all of the things from the Internet going inside your computer are good. Some are downright risky.

Today’s browser is sophisticated enough, through the years of innovation, to handle the multiple applications needed to surf the Internet. Many of these try to boost up and heighten the surfing experience by enabling your browser’s functionalities.

But sometimes, these functionalities are not needed and they can leave your computer vulnerable. It is therefore safe to disable them until they are needed.

In a perfect world, one should set one’s browser security to the highest level possible. But these settings may restrict the functionality of other features and prevents some web pages to load properly. The best compromise solution would be to set your browser to the highest security level (to prevent attacks) but at the same time enabling some features to work when you need them.

Today’s many browsers are mostly graphical browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, AOL, Opera, Safari for the Macintosh, and Lynx for the visually-impaired users.) These are capable of playing video and audio clips, aside from displaying texts and graphics. Most have user-friendly tabs and options in choosing your preferred security level setting.

It is important to know and be familiar with your browser and how it is different from the others. It will come in handy when you evaluate and determine the features and setting most appropriate for your use.

For instance, to explore the basic security options in Windows’ Internet Explorer, you click Tools on the menu bar, select Internet Options, choose the Security tab, and click the Custom level. In Firefox, you click Tools first, select Options, and then click Content Privacy and Security tabs. The others have their own path systems.

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Security should be paramount in choosing your browser. But, of course, given one’s particular needs in surfing and using the Internet, other considerations are just as important. Sometimes, a browser comes packaged with the operating system. It should not limit, however, your choice.

Compatibility – does your browser work with the OS (operating system) of your computer?

Ease – are you comfortable and familiar with the options, menus, system of your browser?

Function –will it still work if other plug-ins or other devices are installed?

Appeal – do you like how your browser looks and works?

Functionalities – Your browser should be able to give you the option of putting web sites into different segments, or zones, and define different security restrictions for each. The best protection should be to set the security to the highest level, or maintain it at a medium level.

If you know of some sites which can be classified as trusted, you can set your browser setting accordingly. You may require them to implement SSL or Secure Sockets Layer so you can verify if they are what they claim to be. Note, however, that it is good to avoid lowering your security levels with them. If they are attacked, you might be included.

You may restrict particular sites you are not sure of. Prevention is always the best cure for any disease, real-life or online.

Be careful about your Java and ActiveX controls. These scripts, used to achieve certain appearances or functionality, can be used in attacking your computer. This is also true about Plug-ins, those additional software that enhances the function of some programs. Make sure that the sites that installing them are trustworthy.

For safety, it is advisable to disable Cookies and enable them only if the site you trust requires them.

Cyber Security starts first in your browser. It is best that you start the safeguarding process from there, your computer’s door to the wide, wild world of cyber space.

Affiliate Tracking Software: How It Can Help You

By , June 27, 2015 9:25 pm

If you own an online retail store or run an online business that sells a specific service, you may be looking for ways to increase your sales. There are a number of different methods that you can use to do this; however, one method is more effective than most. That method is creating your own affiliate program. To determine whether or not you can benefit from this advertising method, you are advised to learn more. You may end up surprised with what you have learned.

Affiliate programs are designed to connect you with webmasters. Webmasters are individuals who own and operate their own online websites. Online, there are an unlimited number of websites. Many of these websites have different focuses, but there is a good chance that some of those websites are, in one way or another, related to your business. By striking a partnership with one of those webmasters, you may be able to increase your own sales. However, to make a partnership with webmasters, you often have to give them something in return. That is where the affiliate programs come in.

With affiliate programs, you will provide webmasters with pre-made banners and links. These banners often show pictures of the products or services that you offer for sale. By placing your banners and links on a related website, especially one that receives a large amount of internet traffic, you should also see an increase in your page views. If you have a wide selection of products or services available for purchase, you may also see an increase in sales.

They key to starting an affiliate partnership with webmasters is to offer them an incentive. The incentive that works the best is money. By allowing your affiliate partner to make money off of each sale that they bring in, you will not only make money, but they will as well. For many business owners, maybe yourself included, the hardest part is getting started. Many business owners automatically assume that it would be too difficult to track how each sale was generated. This process can be difficult, unless you use affiliate tracking software.

Affiliate tracking software programs are programs that designed to make it easier for all business owners, just like you, to start their own affiliate program. These software programs will often work in conjunction with your links, banners, and your website’s checkout program. Each time that a sale is generated, the software program will automatically outline whether or not that sale was generated through one of your affiliates. In addition to outlining which affiliate, if any, generated the sale, it will also assign the appropriate amount of money to that affiliate. This can be done as soon you enter your business and affiliate information into the software program.

When it comes to obtaining affiliate tracking software, you will need to decide which type of software you would like to use. There are a number of individuals and companies who have designed their own unique software. This software can often be purchased for a reasonable price, online. The only problem with this software is that many programs still require you to monitor and pay each affiliate on your own. However, there are alternative software programs that will handle those important issues for you. This software is often referred to as third party affiliate tracking software.

Third party affiliate tracking software is also known as an affiliate network. This is because these types of companies will not only provide you with affiliate software, but they also monitor almost all aspects of your affiliate program for you. In addition to monitoring and outlining which affiliates helped you to generate sales, it also pays them and keeps a detailed report of those payments. If you are looking for an affiliate software program that requires little or no work, this may be your best option.

Regardless of which affiliate tracking software you choose to use, if you choose to use any at all, you should be able to seen an increase in sales by starting your own affiliate program. With a large number of webmasters looking to make money, you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding affiliates; in fact, many of them will come to you.

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Carbonless paper roll uses a chemical reaction between two different.

By , June 26, 2015 12:53 am

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Interleaved foam and film are wrapped under tension around the outer periphery of the roll of carbonless paper roll by selectively rotating the roll and separately feeding packaging foam and stretch film toward the rotating roll.
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Carbonless paper uses a chemical reaction between two different contacting coatings to transfer an image when pressure is applied. A paper that is most often used for multiple part forms, it contains a chemical coating on the front side (designated as CF) or on the back side (designated as CB), or on both sides (designated as CFB). When a handwritten or machine impression occurs on the first sheet of multiple parts, the impression transfers from one page or ply to the next due to the bursting of tiny microcapsules in the chemical coating used to release a darkened copy of the impression occurring on the first sheet.

A method and apparatus are provided for producing a foam wrapped package for protecting a roll of pressure-sensitive carbonless copy paper. Interleaved foam and film are wrapped under tension around the outer periphery of the roll of carbonless paper by selectively rotating the roll and separately feeding packaging foam and stretch film toward the rotating roll.

The present invention relates to a process for producing a foam wrap package, and, more particularly, to a process for wrapping and protecting a roll of pressure-sensitive carbonless copy paper by simultaneously wrapping interleaved layers of stretch film and packaging foam onto the roll of carbonless paper.

Heretofore, stretch wrapping machinery manufacturers have marketed equipment which combines spiral wrapping of stretch film with limited non-spiral wrapping of a single face corrugated medium or a kraft wrap. Traditionally, machines have been developed which provide foam wrap in one operation and then kraft wrap in a second operation, and have required a substantial amount of the wrapping process to be performed by hand.

Problems have occurred in the prior art with the existing foam/kraft packages. Specifically, these packages using kraft wrap cannot apply foam over the edge of a roll of pressure-sensitive carbonless paper without producing a bulky edge that makes roll stacking difficult. The absence of foam over the edge of the roll of carbonless paper leaves the roll subject to edge damage. Prior to this time a sufficient wrapping procedure or a final wrapped package has not been achieved in the art which would require only a relatively limited capital cost and produce a resultant packaged product which is easy to handle.

Pocket PC and Nursing Software

By , June 24, 2015 3:07 am

There is an increasing number of nurses all over the world. It seems that a lot of college students are attracted to this profession. You can even find online nursing degree courses for those who want to study and earn a diploma at home. If you’re a nursing student or if you’re already a full-pledged nurse, you can benefit a lot from the nursing software that you can get for your pocket pc.

Pocket PCs are among the coolest gadgets offered in the market. A lot of people are already purchasing it because it can meet their individual needs. For the nurses who own a pocket pc, this is good news for you. There is now nursing software being offered in the market.

The software is not only intended for nurses but also for the doctors as well. The software can help them in treating their patients effectively because they can immediately access the information of the patient. The software programs offered very from each other and here are some of the most popular nursing software used in the medical industry:

• NurProc – you can find more or less 500 procedures in this software program. The procedures are very clear because they are presented in a step-by-step manner of instruction. The equipments needed in conducting the procedure is also listed there. It also contains info about the preparation, the implementation, and possible complications of the procedure.

• RNDx Tests – if you’re still a nursing student, you can greatly benefit from this software because it’s like a textbook. You can even use the software when you’re having theory classes. That way, you can easily integrate your laboratory data and diagnostic facts. The saved info can then be used as clinical settings reference.

• Lippincott – nursing students undergo practices and if you’re already in this stage, make sure you have Lippincott installed in your pocket pc. The software offers guidelines for about 150 procedures in the nursing area. Navigation is quite easy because the all the info are arranged alphabetically and are cross-referenced.

• Nursing Bullets (Fryer’s 3000) for the NCLEX-RN – this particular software encompasses the areas of the NCLEX-RN. It includes metal health and psychiatric nursing, medical and surgical nursing, maternal and neonatal nursing, and the pediatric nursing. It will much easier for students to prepare for long exams through the software. Key facts are randomly presented for ease of use.

Every day, week, or month, there are new drugs being introduced in the medical market. As a nursing student, there is a need to familiarize yourself with these new drugs, their specific side effects, and how the drugs interact. If you have a pocket pc, it will be much easier to just scroll down the various info’s offered by the software. If you want all the nursing info to come in handy, download nursing software and install it in your pocket pc.

Usually, this kind of software requires you to pay certain fees and so you need to have the proper budget allocation. You can get the software even when you’re still a student because you can continue using it when you’re already working. It’s quite different when you’re already in the working place. You will be dealing with actual medical situations that call for immediatttention. If you have the software, you’re always prepared.

Computer Performance Not Up To Scratch?

By , June 22, 2015 6:45 am

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Is your computer running optimally or is it running like it’s out of breath? It’s probably because you’re not maintaining it the way you should be!
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Is your computer performing at the speed it’s suppose to be? Is your computer throwing up odd messages that have no relevance to what you’ve got installed?

Chances are you haven’t been maintaining it the way you should be. Common problems which users ask over and over again why their computer is slow or why does an application have problems locating certainly necessary files.

Common things to do involve de-fragmenting your computer hard drive and also clearing up temporary files which clog up your folders.

One particular item of administration that people often forget is Registry Cleaning.

For a more information see my article at www.opinview.com/Fixing_your_Windows_Registry.html

A Desk on Top

By , June 20, 2015 9:31 am

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Solve window clutter and access desktop easily. To launch a shortcut from your desktop simply click DESKonTOP icon near the system clock, and access a small copy of your desktop with all shortcuts.
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How many application windows do you have open during your typical computer work If it’s just one, you may stop reading at this point. If, however, you do have a clutter of windows on your computer desktop – go no further, you’ve just found the solution!

Windows offers a convenient way to access applications and documents you use often by placing shortcuts to your computer desktop. These shortcuts are fast to click, but what if you have a window or two on top of your desktop Minimizing or moving around an active window to access your desktop may seem a good solution for a while, but what if you work with more than just one or two applications Those shortcut icons are covered well enough to make you spend a while to minimize or move away every window that blocks desktop access.

OK, maybe desktop shortcuts are not that great an idea after all. Let’s open that same shortcut from the Windows Start menu! Click Start, select All Programs, and locate the application you were looking for. Slow, isn’t it I told you.

Wait, here’s the Show Desktop button! Let’s click it! Great, you can see the desktop and start your shortcut. Fast Yeah! But hey, where are your windows Those multiple applications you were using for work They’re minimized. Let’s try the Desktop button once again… nope. It minimized the window you’ve just opened. It only worked until you actually started the shortcut. To restore your other windows, see the beginning of this article – minimize, minimize, minimize, and restore, restore, restore. Slow and boring.

DESKonTOP by http://www.shuric.com/deskontop.shtml finally solves the puzzle. To launch a shortcut from your desktop simply click DESKonTOP icon near the system clock, and you’ll see a small copy of your desktop with all shortcuts and icons. You can easily launch a shortcut from there, and that’s it! No need to minimize or move windows around. No need for Start menu exploration. No playing hide-and-seek with your windows. All it takes is one click on DESKonTOP icon, and one more click to launch a shortcut!

Once the mouse cursor is over an icon, DESKonTOP will enlarge it to show you the full-size version of the icon and its text label, allowing you to clearly see and click the shortcut without training your sniper skills.

Still find it difficult to use the small icons on the reduced copy of your desktop No problem! DESKonTOP is readily customizable, allowing you to fine-tune the appearance of the mini-desktop the way you like it. Larger icons or text labels Distinctive background Small copy of your real desktop All that and much more is possible with DESKonTOP. If you don’t like a mini-desktop, consider switching to menu mode, and DESKonTOP will display all your desktop shortcuts as menu items.

Save time and remove window clutter with DESKonTOP. Download your free evaluation copy now: http://www.shuric.com/deskontop.shtml

Avoiding Purchase of Stolen Computers

By , June 18, 2015 12:33 pm

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Most of us go for used computers for the main reason that they can be purchased for a very lesser amount. Read to on to learn how to avoid buying a stolen computer while doing so.
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Most of us purchase used computers for the main reason that they can be purchased for a very lesser amount. When doing so, there is a high risk of purchasing a stolen computer, which can be passed off as a used computer. The incidence of purchasing a stolen computer is more when they are got in the name of used computers from third party computer dealers like the computer dealers online or from a theft store or from a pawnbroker who has no idea about the history of the computer he is selling.

Following measures can be taken to avoid buying a stolen computer:

One of the safe measures while buying used computer is to buy through a credit card or check payment rather than making cash purchase. If the seller insists on cash payment, the purchaser can be very sure that the computer may be a stolen one. Also stolen computers are sold at very low prices. If the buyer has good knowledge about the price trends of computers in the market, he can for sure find out if the computer sold as a used computer is of a genuine kind or not.

The place of buying used computer is of outmost importance as a reputed dealer or seller will have a well-established location. They do not sell on the streets. Hence, it is better to avoid buying used computers from the street side shops, which may be fly by night shops. Such sellers attract the buyers with the pricing or heavy discounts or even freebies along with the computers. If the buyer is not sure about the computer, he can very well ask for the documents pertaining to the computer or can find out if receipts are issued for the purchase. The best method of finding out is to check the serial number of the used computer that can be done with the help of the local law enforcement personnel.

The buyer has all the rights to ask the seller about the reason for the sale of the used computer, where it was purchased and nature of payment made initially. If the buyer is satisfied, he can go ahead with the purchase, else should move on to the next seller. Normally, one can find out if the seller is genuine or not through his body language.
A person selling illegal things will show frenzied movements, will agree even for a rock bottom price with even a small amount of profit for him, mostly will not have a decent language, will try to sell in haste, will always be looking around to find out if someone is watching him and will not have an eye contact while selling and so on.

Such kind of illegal sales of used computers happen as the illegal seller has the facility to advertise free of cost. Also posing as a private seller there is no need to provide a VAT receipt, which makes him free of any legal action being taken against him. Hence it is not advised to buy a used computer without a cash receipt provided by the seller.

Software for Pocket PC

By , June 16, 2015 3:46 pm

Pocket PCs have caught the attention of a lot of people. Despite its slightly high price, many businesspersons have already purchased the mobile device. The device is sleek and lightweight and so many businesspersons find it easy to carry anywhere they go. Regardless of what business undertaking you’re in, you will surely benefit from the Pocket PCs because you can use helpful tools or applications installed in it. Aside from the applications that you can use at work, you can also download games software so that you can have fun anywhere you go whenever you get bored and pressured. You can find a lot of software for the Pocket PC on the net.

Here is a list of some of the most popular software you can find online for Pocket PCs:

1. FlashAssist by Ant Mobile. Visit their official site and you can get the product in order to view the Micromedia Flash on the Pocket PC. The Flash Player will allow you to directly open your SWF files without using scroll bars. The software can cost you $15.

2. Odigo Messenger by Ruksun Software. This software will allow you to send instant messages and you can even connect with other IM networks like MSN Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, and the AOL. The software can be obtained at $25.

3. ASV by Olive Tree is a pocket bible exclusively designed for the 351e015 Pocket PC. The software supports personal highlighting, bookmarks, hyper-linking, eBook, etc.

4. Mobile Administrator by River Solutions allows you to control computers anywhere through the use of Pocket PC that is connected to the internet. Tasks like rebooting start/stop services monitoring, and free memory can be completed on the Pocket PC. This software is available online for free.

5. Cresotech Convert – this software is available in trial versions and after paying the registration fee of $15, you can already completely download it from their official website. This application is mainly used for conversion of units of measuring system.

These are the five most popular software that you can get for your Pocket PC; as you can see, only one is available for free download while the rest can be obtained for a certain fee. Even the paid software are worthy investments because you can use them at work or when you’re traveling to other places.

Aside from the software applications, you can also download games so that you can have fun anywhere you go. All work and no play can make you dull and so try to have some fun through the Pocket PC games. There are old game versions that you can download and even the latest games. You just need to visit the freeware websites and find the games you like. After that, you can download the games and save it to your Pocket PC or in a memory card.

You have to choose the software that you can use everyday. You should consider you current job or career before you purchase the software. That way, you can be sure that you will be using it frequently. You see, it is not advisable to save programs or software in your Pocket PC which is unused since it takes up memory space. Uninstall the unused programs or software and install only the ones you’re using. The same goes with the games.

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